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Earth Sciences: Publishing & Open Access

A guide to the reference sources and indexes to the journal literature in earth sciences.

Open Access Journals

To find Open Access Journals, explore the Directory of Open Access Journals by title or by subject area.   Start with the Open Access Journals in Earth and Environmental Sciences which include journals in geophysics and geomagnetism, geology, meteorology and climatology, oceanography, and environmental sciences. 

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a list of open access journals and series in geology and related disciplines.

AGU publishes three fully open-access journals:

  • Earth’s Future focuses on the state of the Earth and the prediction of the planet’s future. By publishing peer-reviewed articles as well as editorials, essays, reviews, and commentaries, this transdisciplinary journal strives to be the pre-eminent scholarly resource on the Anthropocene. It will also help assess the risks and opportunities associated with environmental changes and challenges.
  • Earth and Space Science (ESS) spans the entire field of Earth, planetary, and space sciences and also invites papers from related fields in environmental science, geo- and space-engineering, and biogeochemistry. ESS will feature both research papers and papers on important datasets, observations, and methods. 
  • Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) publishes research related to a wide range of problems in climate science, including atmospheric and oceanic circulations on multiple scales, radiation, cloud physics, boundary layer and land surface processes, the biosphere and cryosphere, biogeochemical cycles, and the development of numerical methods, model parameterizations, and data assimilation methods for Earth systems modeling. 

Elementa - Science of the Anthropocene is a new open-access publishing endeavor, in partnership with BioOne publishers, launched in December 2013. Elementa comprises six academic domains: Atmospheric Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Ecology; Ocean Science; Sustainable Engineering; and Sustainability Transitions. Dartmouth faculty members are Editors-in-Chief of the Sustainability Transitions domain, and the Dartmouth Library is the technology partner, hosting the publishing platform.

Geochemical Transactions is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal encompassing all aspects of geochemistry.  Geochemical Transactions is the official journal of the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society.   Indexed by Web of Science and GeoRef.

GeoResJ is a new open access publication from the publisher Elsevier, a broad multidisciplinary online journal covering all earth and planetary science fields, processes and components, through diverse approaches (eg fieldwork, modelling/theoretical and experimental studies).

Paleontological Contributions is an online-only, open-access, rapid publication journal published by the Paleontological Institute at the University of Kansas.  Original research articles and monographs on all aspects of paleontology or related biological disciplines are welcome.  Indexed by Web of Science.

PLoS ONE  is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication that welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. PLoS ONE is published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a nonprofit organization.    PLoS ONE offers:

  •  Open-access—freely available online, authors retain copyright
  •  Fast publication times
  •  Peer review by expert, practicing researchers
  •  Post-publication tools to indicate quality and impact
  •  Community-based dialogue on articles
  •  Worldwide media coverage

Scientific Reports is an open access primary research publication from Nature, it publishes scientifically valid primary research from all areas of the natural and clinical sciences.

Copernicus Publications is the open-access publishing partner of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and other European agencies.   Notable journals in the geosciences include Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Biogeosciences, Climate of the Past, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, and Solid EarthView all Copernicus publications in the geosciences

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Elementa - Science of the Anthropocene

Elementa - Science of the Anthropocene comprises six academic domains: Atmospheric Science; Earth and Environmental Science; Ecology; Ocean Science; Sustainable Engineering; and Sustainability Transitions.